Bee Pollen Age Reversal
Can Bee Pollen Reverse Your Age & Make You Younger? Can It Stave Off Father
Bee pollen is an amazing superfood, but is the bee pollen
age reversal premise legitimate? In other words, can bee pollen reverse aging? I believe it is possible.
I came to that belief through a combination of clinical research, anectodal (and personal) experience, and
Nevertheless, let's answer and confront this question head on. Does good bee pollen -- and I emphasize good,
quality bee pollen -- retard aging? Based upon a few clinical studies, it does.
Moreover, when combined with anecdotal evidence (granted anecdotal information is not prima facie
evidence), it is extremely compelling.
One study completed 21 years ago in China at the Institute of Materia Medica, Zhejiang Academy of Medical
Sciences in Hangzhou entitled (1990), "Effects of Bee Pollen on Lipid Peroxides and Immune
Response in Aging and Malnourished Mice" said this:
"The results [of the study] showed that the level of hemolysin (HC), the numbers of plaque
forming cells (PFC) and specific rosette forming cells (SRFC) in primary response to sheep red blood cells (SRBC)
were markedly lowered and the lipoperoxide level in brain, liver and serum was increased
in aging (over 18 months) and malnourished mice fed with ground corn in comparison
to normal controls, while HC and the numbers of PFC and SRFC were significantly increased and the
lipoperoxide level was markedly decreased after treatment with bee
The entire study is in a Chinese dialect, but even the abstract reveals
some very intriguing information. Let's talk more about the study with what we do know, though. In order
to understand what is being said, let's take the core terms one by
Definition of Terms
Lipoperoxide & Lipid Peroxidation: This "refers to the
oxidative degradation of lipids. It is the process in which free radicals 'steal' electrons from the lipids in cell
membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process proceeds by a free radical chain reaction mechanism" (Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid_peroxidation). Let's parse this a bit. "Oxidative degradation" means
disintegration or destruction essentially.
Free radicals are rogue cells that are primarily responsible for aging as they steal
electrons from healthy cells. As the definition from Wikipedia says that results in cell damage and thus aging.
(The Wikipedia definition is an excellent one, in my opinion.)
The point here with lipid peroxidation is that as the study said the lipoperoxide level
was decreased after treatment with bee pollen, meaning it contributed to the staving off of cell degradation and
T-lymphocytes: Also called T-cells, T-lymphocytes are a part of the group of white blood
cells known as lymphocytes. Immunized T-lymphocytes can directly destroy appropriate target cells.
Hemolysis: The destruction of red blood cells that leads to the release of hemoglobin from within
the red blood cells into the blood plasma.
Rosette Forming Cells: Erythrocyte rosetting or E-rosetting is a phenomenon where
red blood cells or erythrocytes form around a cell in a flower petal shape.
So, in relation to the study, the Chinese researchers found out that bee pollen can retard aging by various
microbiological processes as detailed above in this section. I suppose we don't need to know these terms for at the
end of the day knowing it works is what matters.
I use many things every day that I have no idea how they work like a phone, TV, hard drive, computer, radio,
Another study published in January 2003 entitled, "Age-induced Diminution of Free
Radical Scavenging Capacity in Bee Pollens and The Contribution of Constituent Flavonoids" is another I am
looking into at the time of this writing.
However, another study conducted by Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of
Pharmacognosy, in Besevler, Ankara, Turkey and published in March 2010 showed a honey-bee pollen mixture had
tremendous anti-aging capability, saying, "HBM (honey-bee pollen mix) was also shown to possess potent
antilipidperoxidant activity (p <0.01) at 500 mg/kg dose against acetaminophen-induced liver necrosis model
in mice" (para. 1, Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645809).
Moreover, the study says, "Results have clearly proved that mixing pure honey with bee pollen significantly increased the healing potential of honey
and provided additional support for its traditional use" (ibid.).
Lastly this study here entitled, "Comparison of Bee Products Based on Assays of Antioxidant Capacities"
as published in February 2009, shows bee pollen has tremendous antioxidant or anti-aging effects as
The 2009 study that was conducted in the Department of Biofunctional Evaluation, Molecular Pharmacology, Gifu
Pharmaceutical University, Gifu, Japan says, "On the basis of the present assays, propolis is the most powerful
antioxidant of all the bee product examined, and its
effect may be partly due to the various caffeic acids it contains. Pollen, too, exhibited strong antioxidant effects"
(Propolis is another bee health product that will be explored later.)
Anecdotal Stories About Bee Pollen Retarding Aging
No bee pollen age reversal page would be complete without recounting some stories that are truly fascinating not
to mention intriguing. One of the most famous ones is Noel Johnson? He was almost dead at the age of 65 and
eventually died at the age of 95 after.
While in his mid-sixties, he became very disenchanted with his health that was so bad, his doctor told him death
was around the corner. He changed his habits and eventually became the oldest man to ever complete the New
York City marathon. That's not where the story gets interesting, though.
He wrote a book entitled, "A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80" and followed it up with, "The Living Proof"
in 1980. He was even pictured on the Wheaties cereal box in his 70s! In addition, he was presented with the
Presidential Award for Physical Fitness by President Ronald Reagan.
In his book, "A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80," he attributed his stamina, health and longevity to bee pollen
saying, "This miraculous substance from the beehive became the cornerstone of my diet... I know that bee pollen has
been the single largest contributor to my extended lifespan. I believe it is this incredible food that gave me the
He also goes on to say, "By far the most stupendous impact bee pollen made in
my life was making possible my return to sexual potency at age 71, an unheard of happening as far as the medical
men are concerned. I credit this directly to the gonadotropic hormone present in live bee pollen. This hormone is
similar to the pituitary hormone, gonadotropin, and feeds the sex glands, acting as a stimulant. This is a natural
sex hormone and nourishes the reproductive systems of both men and women, increasing sexual stamina and
endurance, and has been found to have a dramatic effect on sexual ability. I
am not the only person in the world who has been returned to full manhood by the simple ingestion of honeybee
pollen. German medical doctors have reported the increase of up to double the hormone count in patients fed
one teaspoon of pollen every morning over a period of only three to six weeks. Even in the most stubborn
cases, the hormone count doubled by six weeks" (Clearwater Herbs, para. 4).
Perhaps the most fascinating story I've come across, though, comes from
In his book, "How to Live The Millenium: The Bee Pollen Bible" (1994), recounts
the villagers livinig in the Caucasus mountains in Russia. Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, a biologist and member of the
Russian Academy of Sciences discovered there were many citizens of that region who were over the age of 100 with
more than 200 exceeding 125 years of age.
They were not feeble either. Dr. Tsitsin discovered that the one common
denominator all the citizens had was that they were all bee keepers or apiarists.
Long story short, Dr. Tsitsin found out that the poor villagers ate daily a rich blog of residue that had
collected at the bottom of their beehives. Tsitsin discovered that the globules contained a high concentration of
bee pollen granules!
Dr. Tsitsin attributed the incredible health and abnormal life spans of the Caucasus mountain people to bee
pollen; it was their "magic elixir" that gave them their youth and extended lifespans. Tsitsin opined that if bee
pollen were taken regularly with an adequate amount taken, it would prolong the lifespan of those who used it.
Intriguing to say the least!
Modern-day clinical studies have proved bee pollen is a robust superfood. We know that now and don't have to
take it on faith anymore. Bee ppllen works. Plus, it's one of the most diverse naturally-occurring supplements in
Where to Get Great Bee Pollen
I can't complete this bee pollen age reversal page without giving a recommendation. I get asked a lot what kind
of bee pollen I use. I actually take a bee pollen capsule supplement and eat bee pollen granules as well.
I add the granules to shakes, smoothies, and my own grain cereal I make myself with almond milk.
Okay, if you're interested in adding bee pollen granules to your
health regime, I recommend the bee pollen granules found here. Or you can click on the bee pollen granule graphic to the
left. This will take you to a page that sells a pound of bee pollen granules for only $20.83.
I like taking both the granules and the capsules for convenience sake (both are easy to add to your daily health
regime) but some may prefer one over the other.
Getting back to the quality of the product itself, you need to ensure your product has been properly milled
and packaged with stringent standards. Look for a company that has independent laboratory aalysis,
integrated and independent modern milling, blending, and packaging facilities thus giving the company total control
in the product's quality. That's important.
Sourcing of the bee pollen is important, too.
The place where I get my bee pollen capsule supplement is sourced in the north west corner of the south island
of New Zealand. It's right near a national park.
Consequently, the islands are very pristine. The flowers that produce the pollen and the bees that harvest
it are in a state with literally almost no environmental contaminants.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the bee pollen supplements (and other supplements) produced from
this New Zealand-based company are of the highest quality.
Look for bee pollen supplements that are produced in a pristine environment and look for the supplement to be
produced in a GMP-compliant facility with standards at least meeting U.S. F.D.A. pharmaceutical standards.
A company meeting British Pharmacopoeia standards is ideal.
I actually know of one company that meets that criteria. In spades.
100%, One-Year Product Satisfaction
The bee pollen supplement I use is scientifically formulated containing a number of
nutrients and even enzymes. The bee pollen is also harvested in the pristine north west corner of New
Zealand's South Island and is processed in a GMP-compliant manufacturing facility.
It is pharmaceutical-grade quality bee pollen supplement. The company is so sure of the product's quality, they
offer a 100% six-month product guarantee!
Now that's confidence in your product. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose.
You can get read more about it over here or by clicking on the product graphic.
I hope this web page has been helpful for you.
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